Sunday, November 30, 2014

Philippine National Figure Skating Championships

Last November 26-27, 2014, SM Skating Rink together with the Philippine Skating Union will host the Philippines National Figure Skating Championships , a competition that is designed to emerge a pool of skaters positioned to represent the country in the upcoming international skating competitions.
Earlier this year, the world laid witness to the Philippine’s homegrown figure skater, Michael Martinez, who have make his mark in the global arena as the first South East Asian figure skater to enter the Winter Olympics, Now managed by SM Lifestyle Entertainment Inc., SM skating rink aims to develop a group of athletes specializing in wither-based sports who are capable and ready to represent the Philippines in 2015 Ice Skating competitions.
The 2014 Philippine National Figure Skating Championship is a step toward accomplishing the brand’s goal to recognize the potential of each skater. Catering solely to Filipino and Filipino-foreign figure skaters, The Philippine National Figure Skating Competition gives Filipinos the chance to showcase their talents on a formal platform.
The first of the 2-day event serves as a pre-final round for skaters wherein all are required to perform interpretative routines or short programs. The second day of the competition will showcase the skaters free skating program. Each skater’s routines will be observed by the keen eyes of the judges from the International Skating Union which is the exclusive international sport federation recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) administering sports in the Branches of Figure Skating and Speed Skating throughout the world.
Unlike previous years, the 2014 PNFSC will rewards champions with the chance to represent the country in International competitions for the succeeding year. Garnering points for each skaters standing. . Tournaments such as these provided an opportunity for every Filipino Skater to increase tractions for his or her reputation in the Skating community, but more importantly build the confidence an character of each athlete.
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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

SM Megamall X MasterCard Present Fashion Takes Flight


November 19, 2014, Manila Philippines- Go around the world without packing a bag, as top clothing brands showcase pieces from fashion capitals around the globe. See the most fashionable holiday collection from Asia all the way to Europe, with big brands such as Uniqlo, Topman, Topshop, Burton Menswear, Dorothy Perkins, River Island, Mango, Forever 21, Gap, and Old Navy.
Mr. Steven Tan, Senior Vice President for SM Supermalls, welcomed guests and media partners as he launched the partnership with MasterCard for a raffle draw to send two winners to a trip for two to Paris for four days and three nights.
Shop and dine at any SM Megamall store with a MasterCard, with a minimum spend of Php 5,000 single or accumulated, and a lucky draw might win you a Parisian experience you will never forget. Log on to to join, or register at the MasterCard booth at UGL, Mega B, in front of the SM Store.
The winning shoppers will fly via Cathay Pacific in April 2015, and they will enjoy a private tour of the Louvre, a dinner at a trendy Parisian restaurant, and a professional makeover. They will then have a photo shoot around Paris’ iconic sites, dinner atop the Eiffel Tower at the acclaimed Restaurant le Jules Verne, and exclusive passes to a fashion event featuring the latest collections in Paris.
Premium offers welcome the Christmas season, with attractive discounts from select brands. Burton Menswear has a promo of “Buy 2 casual trouser shorts and get a 20% off” until the end of November. Topman is featuring Chinos at 50% off on the second purchase, and Dorothy Perkins is launching its denim collection with “Buy 2 Edens, Get the 2nd at 50% off.” All three shops are located on the third level of the Mega Fashion Hall.
This is SM Megamall, soaring fashion to new heights.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

AyosDito reimagines local fashion with #StyleKoAyosDito fashion show

IMG_4192  AyosDito and top fashion bloggers together with sellers all set to reveal the next street fashion collection to watch out for
MANILA, Philippines, November 20, 2014 – AyosDito recently launched #StyleKoAyosDito promo where consumers had the chance to sell their pre-loved fashion items and create the next street fashion with their favorite fashion bloggers. A few days before, these sellers and bloggers met, transacted, and started to put up their collection. Now, they are ready for a fashion showdown and strut their collection at Raven Boutique Club, BGC.  
From October 20 to November 15, #StyleKoAyosDito gave social media fans the chance to co-create the next street fashion with top style bloggers Camille Co, David Guison, and Patricia Prieto. They sold their pre-loved fashion items (e.g., clothes, accessories, etc.) on with the hashtag of the team they wish to be a part of (#TeamCamille, #TeamDavid, or #TeamPatricia). The fashion bloggers were very hands-on in the campaign. A week before the fashion show, they searched for their favorite pieces on AyosDito. They contacted the sellers for a meet up last November 17. What is even rewarding, the chosen sellers met their favorite blogger not just to transact and get the cash value of their items but to form a team and co-style the collection with them.
Behind the scenes: Meet Team Patricia
Patricia Prieto finds the #StyleKoAyosDito competition to be a memorable mark in her fashion blogging career as the event, especially for a website like, has not been done before. She is amazed that a street fashion collection can be done within three days while most of the items came from a selling site like AyosDito. Patricia’s advice to her team is to bear in mind that fashion is always an extension of one’s personality and that should guide their collection.
“Until now, I can’t believe that with most of the fashion items coming from AyosDito, I was able to put a strong collection together with my team,” said Patricia. “Thanks to my sellers/co-stylists who were very passionate. I hope I am able to leave an important fashion lesson to them because of this challenge. One of the inspirations that played an important role in designing our collection is to be yourself as that’s what fashion is all about – to express who we really are.”
Patricia re-searching for the fashion items sold to her on AyosDito that she used to complete her collection

Introducing Team David
The only thorn among the roses, David Guison demonstrated noticeable competitiveness during the meet-and-greet and initial styling with his sellers. He spent time to know his sellers/co-stylists so he can assess how to best work with them. He found it heartwarming that one of his sellers/co-stylists came all the way from Nueva Ecija just to be part of his team and enjoy this unique experience. For David, it was about having fun as well.
“I really enjoyed the whole journey of the campaign – from conceptualizing, meeting my sellers, and mixing the pieces together to build the next street fashion,” shared David. “I am glad that we had fun all throughout the process which is very important for anyone who wants to succeed. Spending time with my team enabled me to know their style and personality which helped us strengthen the uniqueness of our collection. The moment that we all became comfortable, ideas started to come out.”
Presenting Team Camille

One of Preview Magazine’s 10 Best Dressed Women for 2011 and 2013, Camille Co’s fashion coaching style lies in openness. She wanted the team to listen carefully and provide feedback. Every now and then, she asked for the thoughts of her team members to create a more inclusive environment for the styling process. It was noticeable the she took time in creating dialogues with her team how to make their collection stand out.
“I really wanted the styling process to be inclusive where each and every member of my team is heard and appreciated,” Camille underlined. “At the end of the day, the show is all about our partnership without which, our collection will not be possible. I want them to learn something new and take the learnings wherever they go especially if they want to have fashion as one of their long-term pursuits.”
Camille with her game face on to search for more fashion items sold to her on AyosDito
Team Camille co-styling in action
Camille would not stop until that style is perfect
Camille says, “There is nothing wrong with being OC” as she kept checking her models if the style is perfect

Winning Team
One of the major criteria in judging the best collection is each team’s AyosDito factor: how well the bloggers engaged their fans to sell pre-loved fashion items on based on the number of fans who sold pre-loved fashion items to them, as well as the number of items actually posted as a #StyleKoAyosDito entry. The collections are also judged by how each team will incorporate the pre-loved stuff bought from AyosDito to their respective “Manila Street Fashion Collection”. At the blogger-seller meet-up, Patricia, David, and Camille inspected each item for sale and even haggled with their fans so they can buy a lot of their follower’s stuff! Because of this, the bloggers scored good-as-new and even premium branded clothes and accessories for an average of P350 only.
“AyosDito is committed to helping young fashionable Pinoys to pursue their passions including fashion while giving them diverse options and value for their money. Fashion, being one of the fastest selling categories on AyosDito, grew by 111% from 2013 – 2014 and through the campaign, we wish to encourage more people to buy, sell, and celebrate the love for fashion on AyosDito to sustain this growth,” shared Rebecca Ricalde, Marketing Manager for AyosDito Philippines. “This is one of the most exciting campaigns we ever had and to see this come to life just really amazed us! Having the bloggers and sellers meet and transact in real life is our way of demonstrating how online selling and buying is easy, convenient, and safe.”
For more information, follow AyosDito on Instagram @AyosDito_PH and Twitter @AyosDitoPH.
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Monday, November 17, 2014

Cook Magazine Launches it’s Newest Kitchen Studio

Last November 15, 2014 Cook Magazine, the country’s longest running monthly culinary magazine, recently launched their state of the art Kitchen Studio. In partnership wiht HAFELE, the brand new COOK MAGAZINE KITCHEN  Studio will be serving as the magazines test and demonstration facility. . Equipped with the latest and bet kitchen appliances and fixtures from HAFELE and it’s other brands namely, Bosch, Siemens, and Gorenje , the new kitchen will showcase the best of European technology for the Filipino foodies.
Outfitted with Siemens .multi-function and microwave ovens. Siemens gas and electric cooktops and grills . Gorenje Retro Chic Refrigerator and Bosch kitchen appliances, everything you’d ever want or need in a kitchen is available . To keep the kitchen free from smoke and various smells even during the busiest of times, two HAFELE ceiling mounted chimney hoods are also installed
During recipe testing, demonstrations and photo shoots the kitchen can become a very hot and uncomfortable place,. Keeping the venue cool are three (3) GREE  air conditioners. Even when all the cooking equipment are in the use and blazing hot, GREE’S ceiling-mounted and free standing air conditioners provide more than enough cooling.
To complete the kitchen , BergHOFF Philippines provided the COOK MAGAZINE KITCHEN STUDIO with their tableware as well as their stainless steel and patented chromotanium cookware, a combination of chromium, molybdenum and titanium.
THE COOK MAGAZINE KTICHEN STUDIO is the perfect venue for demonstrations, recipes testing and even product test and launches . Situated along Edsa – Cubao, right in the heart of METRO MANILA,, the kitchen is easily accessible  by both public and private transport. The kitchen itself is located at the 7th Floor of Vista Hotel , which is right below the south bound  of Araneta Center – Cubao MRT  station, Basement parking is also available for private vehicles.
On its 15th year. COOK Magazine is proud to share its dream kitchen with beloved readers and the food loving public. Consistent with the goal to promote home cooking and local cuisine. The COOK MAGAZINE KITCHEN STUDIO can now provide a venue for discovery and experimentaltion.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Disney On Ice presents Dare to Dream takes Adventure to New lengths with Magical moments from Disney’s newest Fairytales and Timeless Classics

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Feld Entertainment’s newest Disney On Ice production is a celebration of royal proportions
featuring Tangled, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, The Princess and the Frog and Cinderella

The much-awaited Disney on Ice season is back at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on December 25 to January 4! This year, Pinoys are invited to join Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald and Goofy as they follow four of Disney’s most inspirational princesses on their adventures to fulfill their dreams in Feld Entertainment’s newest ice spectacular, Disney On Ice presents Dare to Dream. Combining the contemporary stories of two modern-day princesses, Rapunzel and Tiana, with the classic elegance of Cinderella and Snow White, Dare to Dream whisks audiences away on exciting journeys where dreams really do come true.
Audiences begin their magical, musical voyage in New Orleans celebrating the story of The Princess and the Frog with Princess Tiana and Prince Naveen, and then escape into the enchanted forest with Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. The trip continues to Cinderella’s kingdom in her search for true love and follows Rapunzel as she discovers the world beyond her tower on her quest to see the floating lanterns. The Disney Princesses then come together for the first time on ice during the finale, to welcome Rapunzel into their royal court in the ultimate princess experience.
“There’s something within each of the stories of Tangled, The Princess and the Frog, Cinderella, and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs that speaks to women and girls and families around the world,” says Producer Nicole Feld. “Each of these princesses is searching for what truly makes them happy. And I think that’s very reflective of what audiences are like today.”
“This show is different from anything we’ve ever done, and we’re excitedabout all the exhilarating aspects we’ve included in this production,” says Producer Juliette Feld. “Thisis the first time Rapunzel is featured on the ice with her tremendous amount of hair. And new this year, the Princess who started it all, Snow White, will be joining the show with the Seven Dwarfs, bringing more magic than ever before.”

PR Photo-Rapunzel and Flynn Disney’s Tangled
In adapting Tangled to the ice for the first time, Director Patty Vincent was challenged with how to convey all of Rapunzel’s hair without interfering with the skating. During the segment, 2,000 feet of silk representing Rapunzel’s magical, golden tresses winds throughout the rafters of the arena and drapes down to the ice for use in a heart-stopping aerial act never before seen in a Disney On Ice production. Rapunzel and Flynn Rider escape the tower, flying 25 feet up in the air and performing daring acrobatics.
“The performers trained for six weeks just to build their upper body strength, because skaters use very different muscles when ice skating,” says Vincent. “It works perfectly on the ice because they don’t have to run; they just skate, and they’re lifted into the air and begin a gorgeous athletic act.”
Under the direction of Choreographer Cindy Stuart and Aerial Trainer Anna Kaminnik, the performers mastered the blend of ice and aerial choreography in which Rapunzel and Flynn fly above the arena floor and slowly descend to the ice in a fluid motion, creating a feeling of constant movement.
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Stuart was able to contrast the beauty of the aerial act by showcasing the athleticism of the skaters when Rapunzel and Flynnstop at the Snuggly Duckling tavernon their way to see the lanterns.During this energetic sequence, the pub thugs break into a rowdy show tune medley, and the scene turns into a trick section with performers doing cartwheels, handstands, jumps and leaps on the ice and the props.
The adventurous nature of Rapunzel’s story allowed Costume Designer Ivan Ingermann to incorporate unusual fabrics and silhouettes into his costumes. Rapunzel’s world is mainly full of rich colors and textures and romantic silhouettes.However, during the Snuggly Duckling segment, Ingermann designed costumes for the pub thugs using faux fur and faux leather, materials not normally seen in an ice show.
Another distinctive design element ofDare to Dream is the revolving set, an idea conceived by Scenic Designer Stan Meyer. By designing a rotating piecethat transforms to specifically fit each of the unique settings of the stories, Meyer was able to create one major centerpiece with four entirely different environments. When the set morphs into Rapunzel’s forest, a paneled backdrop of pastel flora and butterflies opens and a majestic tower slowly emerges, rising from the ice as golden hair falls from the window.
Lighting Designer Peter Morse incorporated these same pastels and royal colors by surrounding the audience in rich shades of purple, a prominent color in Rapunzel’s world. When Rapunzel and Flynn Rider finally reach the end of their journey, the entire arena goes dark as a single lantern slowly floats up into the air, and suddenly, lanterns illuminate the sky above the audience.
“When we create Disney On Ice, what we’re hoping to do, aside from bringing families together and telling great stories, is create memorable moments,” says Producer Kenneth Feld. “In the Tangled sequence, there is one moment that is absolutely unforgettable. At every show, one special child is picked to launch the first lantern. All you see is the one lantern that goes up, and as soon as it reaches the top, all the other lanterns light up the arena. It’s breathtaking.”
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Walt Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
In contrast to the colorful and playful world of Rapunzel, to set the mood for the story of Snow White, the lighting had to take on a darker and more mysterious quality. As the story begins, the lighting dims and a thin layer of fog fills the ice. Soon a flash of light and dark shadows appear signaling the arrival of the Evil Queen.
When it comes time for Snow White to flee into the magical forest for protection from the Queen, Morse focused on the use of black lights to highlight her frantic pace. As she finallyescapes the forest and arrives at the door of the Dwarf’s cottage, the ice is bathed in rich golden colors, signaling the calm after the storm and her newfound safety.
Being the Princess who started it all, the costume design for Snow White is a classic silhouette that will be easily recognizable by audiences young and old. The traditional yellow and blue dress was made for swift, yet graceful, movement on the ice, twirling and flowing as Snow Whiteglides through her world.
Audiences will also be delighted to see all Seven Dwarfs make an appearance in Dare to Dream, each outfit as uniqueas the Dwarf wearing it.
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Walt Disney’s Cinderella
As the story shifts to the romantic tale of Cinderella, a glittering purple and blue castle stands majestically in the background with a white and gold grand butterfly staircase framing the clock tower. Cinderella is joined by ball attendants regally dressed in bright, colorful gowns sparkling with the help of sequins and glitter. Below the castle, glisteningstars and swirls of soft blues and pinks fill the ice when Cinderella skates to classic songs such as “So This is Love” and “A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes.”
In addition to the pair skating and elegant ice dancing showcased in Dare to Dream, Cinderella features synchronized skatingby a team of 20 performers portraying the palace guards searching for the owner of the glass slipper. More than half the cast performs this fast-paced and complex precision number, creating lines, formations and constantly moving patterns on the ice.
Light-heartedelements throughout the segment provide a contrast from the romanticism and precision of many of the scenes. Cinderella’s mice friends make an appearance singing and dancing while they make her a dressfor the ball. Cinderella’s stepsisters are on hand as well,amusing the audience with their comical antics.
Lighting plays an important role in telling Cinderella’s story, and a key component of the lighting design is the ability to feature the skaters themselves. “We have to light the whole scene to keep it bright and beautiful,” says Morse, “while also highlighting the characters.”
With a swish of her magic wand, a flash of light and those three little words, the Fairy Godmother transforms Cinderella beforethe ball. From a cloud of smoke, a sparkling carriage emerges, drawn by four white horses and glistening like a crystal ball in the darkness, creating a magical moment asCinderella rides toward the castle. Later, as Prince Charming and the Duke ponder the identity of the beautiful girl from the ball, the ice is dark, save for the moonlight streaming through tall windows on either side of the ice and forming a dark hallway between them, an illusion created by gobos and spotlights.

Disney’s The Princess and the Frog
Popular color palettes and designs from the Harlem Renaissance became a major source of inspiration for The Princess and the Frog. When Dare to Dream opens in New Orleans, vibrant orange and golden yellow light fills the arena, matching the bright colors of the costumes inspired by the period. Set against a French Quarter backdrop painted in rich reds, purples and greens, flappers and banjo players revel on a balcony while page boys and other townsfolk dance on the ice below, creating a multilayered street party.The opening number, “When the Saints go Marching In,” combines jazz-influenced choreography and the Charleston to create a vivid and energetic street scene.
Disney On Ice presents Dare to Dream seamlessly merges the classic with the new, maintaining the timelessness of some of the most cherished stories of all time, Cinderella and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, while also incorporating popular songs and unforgettable scenes from Disney’s newest fairytales, Tangled and The Princess and the Frog. From the lighting and scenery to the music, choreography and costumes, each element of Disney On Ice presents Dare to Dream magically combines to create a memorable show for the entire family.
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About Feld Entertainment
Feld Entertainment is the worldwide leader in producing and presenting live touring family entertainment experiences that lift the human spirit and create indelible memories, with 30 million people in attendance at its shows each year. Feld Entertainment's productions have appeared in more than 70 countries on six continents and include Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey®, Feld Motor Sports, Disney On Ice and Disney Live!.
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Thursday, November 13, 2014

AXIS TIME OUT OF TIME: An Artistic Expression of Substance and Style

This is one brand that have not stopped to brings in a fashion on watches, Since it’s Japan technologies it can be compared with any known branded watches that have made a name since the start.
Axis is a watch brand that believes in making your timepiece a harmonious part of who you are. Axis allows you to transcend trends and celebrate your own style. The watches are unique and varied in form and design. Individually, Axis watches are almost intricate pieces of art.
This brand would like to pioneer in giving back to the consumers by helping the Children of the Children’s Hour by giving a chance to this Artist to pursue their career  specially here in the Philippines .Specifically for  those who has this kind of talents making use of their passion to create something that would make the product more that just a material or accessories ,but extending its arm for the sake of the needy and helping the  youth to pursue their dreams for the coming generation. 
It is fitting then that Axis launched an art exhibit entitled “Time Out of Time” on Nov 12, 2014 at SM Mall of Asia. The exhibit featured the works of artists Ram Mallari, Buds Convocar and Salvador Ching. The pieces are a collection of mixed media works that incorporated Axis watches. The Axis art works will be sold through a bidding process and the proceeds will be donated to Children’s Hour.
A quick look at the participating artists will show that they are well-recognized in the art scene and seasoned talents.
Ram Mallari turns discards into works of art. His mixed media assemblages have garnered attention and praise. His 2012 exhibit “METAL REDEMPTION” in Congress was a huge success and his story was chosen by Thompson Reuters to be featured in local and international media networks such as Yahoo News, Washington Post, NBC News TV in New York and BBC News Channel.
IMG_3271 Before pursuing a full time career in painting, Buds Convocar spent his early years in the academe handling a wide array of art subjects such as design, illustration, typography, painting and cartooning. He has received numerous awards in various art competitions such as 10 Outstanding Artists of the Philippines in 1994. He has received honorable mentions in the Philippine Art Awards in 1994, 1995, 1996 and 2001.
Salvador “Buddy” J. Ching is a full-time, multi-awarded Painter, Installation and Performance Artist. He is one of the five Philippine representatives to the Third ASEAN Youth Painting Workshop & Exhibition in Indonesia. He was part of the Asian Biennale Art Exhibition in Cuba, Bangladesh, South Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, Taiwan, Thailand and USA. He has received numerous awards and citations in major art competitions in the country and 9 one-man shows to date.
Through art and a philanthropic endeavor, Axis truly goes beyond just being a timepiece. The “Time Out of Time” art exhibit highlights the brand’s belief in self-expression and meaningful style.
The artworks may be seen at the Axis pop-up store on the ground floor of SM Mall of Asia, near National Bookstore. Axis watches are available in Watch Republic Shops and leading department stores nationwide.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Looking Beyond the Glass Surface

Glasstech Asia 2014 to showcase innovative glass trends for real estate trade professionals
MANILA, Philippines- November 11, 2014: The Philippine construction boom continues with the total number of construction permits rising from 29,424 to 32,7291 in the second quarter in 2014. Much of this real estate growth is driven by the expanding outsourcing sector and multinational companies. Construction spend for 2011-2016 is estimated to reach $70 billion, a large chunk of which will go into glass products for housing and building projects.
The surging demand for glass products presents a timely backdrop for Glasstech Asia 2014 to be held November 25-27, 2014 at the World Trade Center, Pasay City. Now on its 12th staging, the annual Glasstech Asia exhibit will feature a wide array of glass products for green architecture, and sustainable housing and building materials which are gaining widespread local adoption.
"Since its discovery 4000 years ago, glass has since evolved into one of the most versatile and amazing materials and its continuous use also armed us, the architects and designers, with a medium to fully express our architectural artistry to the fullest," said Ar. Leah Dela Rosa, Executive Director, Professional Development Commission, United Architects of the Philippines.
Employees and households in offices and residences that use glass architecture can expect more savings in energy costs. Glass admits natural light, reducing the need for electrical lighting. Additionally, glass allows an area to cool faster without relying too much on air conditioning.
“Green architecture creates efficient energy use in buildings by maximizing natural daylight and offering better visibility, improved thermal and indoor comfort. The proper selection of glass systems in building design minimizes solar heat and allows high visible light transmittance, translating to healthier office environments conducive to workplace productivity, as well as power savings and healthier indoor living for building residents due to improved thermal and acoustic comfort,” said Edgar Sabidong, board member, Philippine Green Building Council (PHILGBC).
Renato R. Ermita, national president, Flat Glass Alliance of the Philippines, Inc. (FGAPI ) adds, “With investors, developers, and tenants considering environment design, energy management practices, and green architecture certifications in assessing the value of a business property, glass has become a reliable construction material due to its energy efficient properties.”
Glasstech Asia 2014 will be featuring 138 exhibitors from 18 countries, with 8 country pavilions from Singapore, Italy, United Kingdom, Taiwan, Germany, China, Malaysia, and the Philippines, offering various glass products to help stakeholders make good decisions in building and housing design. It expects the number of attending trade professionals to reach 4,000.
During the three-day event, speakers from related organizations will also be sharing their insights to provide trade professionals with a better perspective on glass and green architecture trends. Glasstech Asia 2014 will concurrently feature Hollow Glass Asia 2014, a specialized international exhibition for the hollow glass manufacturing, machinery, equipment and glass products industry, and Glass Accessories Asia 2014, an international exhibition for glass accessories and products.
“Today’s processing technology allows glass to be reengineered, for better ultraviolet light protection and heat insulation. We hope Glasstech Asia 2014 will serve as trade professionals’ passport to the intricate world of glass by offering a wide array of glass products to suit various design preferences,” said Lin Rong Mou, President, Philippine Chamber of Glass & Aluminum Industries, Inc. (PCGAII).
Edward Liu, PBM, Group Managing Director, Conference & Exhibition Management Services Pte. Ltd., said, “Glass is shaping the local design landscape, addressing stakeholders’ demand for aesthetics and green architecture. Glasstech Asia 2014 aims to connect global glass industry players to local architects, builders, contractors, developers, engineers, and facility managers, and showcase glass trends like
self-cleaning glass products and insulated glazing glass, to help trade professionals in their design decisions.”

About CEMS
Established since 1980, Conference & Exhibition Management Services Pte Ltd. (CEMS) is a regional organiser with a global perspective. A key player in the Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions (MICE) industry in Singapore, CEMS has vast knowledge and experience in organising and managing exhibitions and conferences for and with government agencies and trade associations and professional institutions.
Currently, CEMS organizes 15 industrial and lifestyle events catering to industry sectors such as Architecture, Facility Management, LED & Lighting, Glass & Machinery, Safety & Security, Fire & Disaster Management as well as Jewellery, Coffee, Tea, Bakery and Café industries in the region. In China, CEMS organizes tourism events in Beijing, Guilin, Xi’an and Chengdu.
The Flat Glass Alliance of the Philippines, Inc. (FGAPI) is an Onward Filipino industry association composed of more than 300 flat glass stakeholders nationwide with an aim to promote the general welfare of the industry and its communities by providing members with vital assistance, education and other services that could enhance productivity, competitiveness, and growth within the industry.  Through “The FGAPI Way”, it represents a flat glass association with an unwavering commitment to innovation and operational excellence.
The Philippine Chamber of Glass & Aluminum Industries, Inc. (PCGAII) was organized in 1961. Since the 1980’s, its association members in the downstream sector have been processing and supplying most of the requirements for high rise buildings, furniture and other markets through the efficient use of machinery and technology. Its strategic move is to empower both the upstream and downstream sector to grow and prosper together in an EXPANDED MARKET. Above and beyond all consideration, this EXPANDED MARKET may well be the single, most important MISSION to PURSUE for the Flat Glass Industry, as it moves up to the NEXT LEVEL to achieve ALL INCLUSIVE GROWTH for all sectors of the entire industries.
About the PHILGBC
The Philippine Green Building Council (PHILGBC) is a national not-for-profit organization that promotes the sharing of knowledge on green practices to the property industry to ensure a sustainable environment. As an alliance of national leaders from both the public and private sectors, the Philippine Green Building Council shall take the lead in ensuring that industry designs, builds and operates buildings in an ecologically and economically sustainable manner that will pave the way for the Filipinos to live, work and play in safe, healthy and productive environments. For more information about the PHILGBC, you may visit

The Galeón: a New Museum to rise in Manila

Last Tuesday November 11, 2013 , a press con ground breaking of a new museum held in the place where it will be build named Galeon Museum at SM MOA grounds Manila.
17th -18th century Bronze Cast, Signal cannon - Used to signal the sighting of ships, whether friend or foe.

The SM Group of Companies in collaboration with Museo Del Galeón, Inc. held today the ground-breaking ceremony for The Galeon, enivisioned to be a worthy addition to the community of museums, to open in late 2015.
The Manila – Acapulco Galleon Museum will be a cultural facility with an 8,000 sqm. Total exhibition space, featuring a full-scale reproduction of a magnificent galleon. Unlike all other galleon reproductions attempted before in the Philippines, the new museum bases its reproduction on a very precise set of naval architectural plan published in 18th century Manila.
“What was then just an idea is now fast becoming a reality,” said Hans T. Sy, president of SM Prime Holdings, Inc. When briefed on the project, Hans T. Sy graciously offered a beachfront location in the Mall of Asia complex as the site for the museum. The support given is towards facilitating the circulation of vital knowledge of the first globalization of trade and commerce, in which the Philippines and Mexico were polar points of activity.
The Galeón will convey accurate, exciting information that will throw light on the roots of today’s banking, shipping, commerce, and cultural exchange in the Pacific region. Silver, gold, and potatoes from the Americas and wine, tools, and furniture from Europe were traded for Asian silk, spices, and ceramics in global circuits that are still used today by more than 40 modern nations.
Bronze coins were brought to Manila from Mexico and Peru for the Asian trade.
The 300 year exchange produced extraordinary cultural change on both sides of the Pacific. Notably, the thousand year old tradition of boat-building in the Philippine archipelago transitioned into ship-building according to European design.
When Madame Margarita Zavala, spouse of former Mexican President Felipe Calderón, visited the Philippines in 2011, she enthusiastically endorsed the plan to build a galleon museum in Manila.
His Excellency Ambassador Julio Camarena of Mexico and Hans T. Sy initiated the ground-breaking ceremony at the Mall of Asia. Also present was Pasay City Mayor, the Honorable Antonio G. Calixto. The program featured Ms. Marian Roces, Lead Curator of TAO Inc. as the keynote speaker, and Senator Edgardo J. Angara who is also a member of Museo Del Galeón, Inc.
Upon completion, The GALEÓN will command magnificent views of the glittering Manila Bay. Construction will begin November 2014 with completion expected on the last quarter of 2015.

About SM Lifestyle Entertainment Incorporated
SM Lifestyle Entertainment Incorporated or SMLEI is the lifestyle and entertainment solutions arm of SM Prime Holdings Inc. that offers the best in movies, events, leisure and technology. Starting with SM Cinema, the largest cinema exhibitor in the country, as its sole marque, the company grew into 12 major brands. Currently tucked under its belt are brands such as SM Cinema, Director’s Club Cinema, IMAX Theatre, WM Cinemas, SM Skating Rink, SM Bowling and Leisure Center, Exploreum, Snack Time, e-PLUS Tap to Pay, e-PLUS Digital, SM Tickets, and Mall of Asia Arena. SMLEI aims to promote bonding activities among Filipino families and friends, through entertainment and leisure facilities, while advocating the ease of use and personalized service created to complement the Filipino lifestyle.

Bih-Zahr RestoBar, Re Launched

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Last week, I happened to be invited to the opening of one of the most budget friendly bar you can ever visit in the Metro located at Timog Quezon City.
A place where you will be more excited  to party with your colleagues and friends, having the most of every time just to escape the heavy traffic of Edsa and the transport overload on the MRT and LRT.   
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They have one of the best Relation Officer who will attend to your every need during your visit on this place. It has a very spacious place where you can be more than comfortable specially when you are celebrating with a group of friends or just dating with a special love one.

Bih-Zahr (read as bizarre) RestoBar a cozy restaurant during the day and a hip-hop, rock and rainbow haven in the night. Located at No. 6 Scout Borromeo Street, South Triangle, Quezon City. You’ve probably been asking yourself what’s with the name, Bih-Zahr? It’s because we are not your average RestoBar. It offers a wide variety of promos and group bundle of food and drink that is very light on the pocket.
They have one of the best  menu offers an extensive variety of great food and cocktails for everyone’s taste. I My Favorite is  their PorkSisig Pizza and to name a few of what we offer on our menu like Sinuglaw, Pork Sisig, , Fish and Chips, Gambas, Nachos, Beef Salpicao, Steak, Chili Fingers and Dynamite. Our Chef would recommend you to try our Pancit Bihon and Pancit Guisado, it may sound that you already have tasted it a gazillion time, but when you taste our Pancit you can say “This is it!”.
They  also offer a wide variety of cocktails for our ladies and mocktails for those who do not drink alcohol and on the rocks drink like rum and whiskey.
Bih-Zahr RestoBar offers a week of different activities starting with :
Monday Blues were all the music is soothing to the ears that will relax you.
CHOOSEday’s Ladies Night, all ladies will get one (1) free cocktail upon entering and ladies will rock the night away.
Throwback Wednesday, turn back time as we en route you to the sound of the 80’s.
THIRSTday Pride, a night filled with laughters from our LGBT invited friends.
Frieday Rock, they will rock until you drop.
Saturday Hip-hop, lots of scratching and DJing.

Come and Join us, as we Re launch Bih-Zahr RestoBar on November 8, 2014 at 4:00 P.M. We will have an overflowing of foods, drinks and laughters. We have many exciting games for everyone to enjoy. We will also launch our newest promos and barkada bundles that are below P1,000.
Jam with us on Social Media:
Twitter: @bsrestobar
Instagram: @bzrestobar
hashtag: #bzrestobar #bihzahrultrabar

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Marriot Manila’s Christmas Tree Lights Up for the Holiday Season

With a flick of a switch, the holiday season officially begins at Marriot Hotel Manila. Helping light the tree is one of the well-known celebrity families today, Richard Guiterrez and Sarah Lahbati with adorable Baby Zion Gutierrez.
Last Saturday , As soon as the lights begin to sparkle, a burst of harmonious angelic voices echoed through the lobby courtesy of Himig Roseña, the choral ambassador of Colegio de Santa Rosa-Makati. Followed by a grand entrance of Santa Claus, where kids excitedly lined up to whisper their Christmas wish and receive their early present.
Joining the gleaming decorations is the life size gingerbread train parked at the center of the lobby, filled with Christmas Treats such as Chocolate St. Nicholas (P300), Big Belly Chocolate Santa (P310), Chocolate Santa in Sleigh (P340), Chocolate Angel (P320), Gingerbread Cookie Man (P120), Gingerbread Sweet Nutcracker (P300), Marriott Gingerbread House (P600), White Chocolate Disc with Dried Fruits and Nuts (P380), Milk Chocolate Disc with Dried Fruits and Nuts (P380), Chocolate Coated Pretzel Sticks (P500), German Coconut Macaroons (P500), Almond Sliver Christmas Tree (P480), Traditional Dark Fruit Cake (P550), Lemon and Pistachio Christmas Cake (P650), Dresden Stollen Bread with Marzipan (P530), and Holiday Cookie Box (P610).
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And of course the giving of gifts from Santa was one of the most awaited  part specially for children that are in the area.
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A glorious preparation of different kind of foods for merienda readied  for the special guests and  some media and online friends that has been requested to come to cover this yearly Christmas experience at Marriot Hotel Manila.
Aside from welcoming the most favorite time of the year, Marriott also launched the ‘One Hour Drive’ Spirit to Serve activity where guests can sign up for 60-minute classes including Zumba (P200 registration fee), DIY’s and Crafts (P300 registration fee), and kids baking lessons (P500 inclusive of apron and certificates).
Marriott Manila’s Christmas tree and gingerbread train will be displayed until December 26, 2014. For more information on One Hour Drive Classes and Christmas offerings, please call 899-9999 or follow @marriottmanila in twitter and facebook.

Monday, November 3, 2014

An Experience to Remember @ Aternum Garden Park

tomb Are you tired and sick of having things done over and over again or being in a traditional mode of doing or celebrating such event in the same way every year?
Last All Saints day, we experience a different kind of celebrating the season, Aeternum  gives their customers and owners of  every lot a bunch of food kiosk that are very affordable and prices are just right and more cheaper than the convenience store. Brickfire , KFC , Frutas and Potato Fries are just the few that are available there. We are overwhelmed by an Open Movie Experience that is too good to be true a High Definition LED Panel which uses an extraordinary lens makes it more clearer and  the movie begins with  a Love Story , horror ect.
if only, pagpag,  what dreams may come, world war z, all my life, fault in our stars, conjuring. A different kind of movies that would capture  whichever and whatever kind of gen-re you may be in.
Before the start of the movie proper, an Ecumenical Mass was held inside the church properties to commemorate and celebrate the All Saints Day and for the living to remember the deeds and some recollections of what kind of life should we live as an individual. Thus doing the positive side of what the departed person contributes and of course for the negative things that has been done ,just treating it as a lesson so that people may learn not to do it for the sake of self respect and for the people that will be affected as well.
This may struck some attention specially  the oldies, yet Aeternum remains to be balance and equally caters even to the young ones , giving them the right to enjoy their stay with their parted love ones.
That’s why during the time specially when the night is almost at hand you may see a group of Family  or friends that is seated on the grassy part of the garden being more close to each other , having a family bonding, and an intimate quality time with each other makes it more memorable to every individual that is in the venue.